An eternal vision

                                                 … for life!

If your vision in life is centred
… on what you expect for tomorrow,
then your past will dominate your thinking
and your past will dominate your future.

Why?
      Because everything that you have not accomplished
      … or what you have planned but not achieved,
      will be uppermost on your mind
      … and will control your thinking.

      Stop limiting yourself to tomorrow!

However …
If your vision in (for) life is based in eternity
… then the past becomes irrelevant.

Why?
      Because then you have all of eternity
      … to do and achieve what is in your heart.
      And more pertinently
      … you have all of eternity with God,
      to let God do His part in your life!

      For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,
      says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil,
      to give you a future and a hope.
      Jer 29 11

 

Having pride…

                                          … or simply proud?

There is nothing wrong in having pride,
… pride in what you have done,
and being proud of an achievement.
But not when that pride
… is in self and in being self-sufficient.

      Pride goes before destruction,
      and a haughty spirit before a fall.
      Prov 16 18

Pride is most often only about self,
… having too high an opinion of oneself,
… seeing oneself as better than others,
and is mostly fictitious,
because it is all about you and you alone!

      However,
      you should be proud and not boastful of your achievements,
      … appreciative of what you are able to do,
      and grateful of being that person
      … that God made you to be!

Not prideful in your own estimation (who you think you are)
… but proudly standing for who you are (in Him).

      Proud of what you are able to achieve,
      … touching and building the lives of others
      in Him, with Him and for Him!

 

A rough…

                                                 … diamond!

We are so quick to judge others
… by what we presume their characters to be
based on what we can see or hear,
… when all we truly know is what is on the outside.

      If you have ever seen a un-cut diamond
      … you will know that what you see
      is NOT the true value or character of that stone.

When God looks at us what does He see?
Not a worthless looking un-cut diamond (that we see),
… but a sparkling jewel that only needs polishing.

What is the difference?

      Unless we look for value in others,
      … all we see are their faults and weaknesses,
      and therefore we judge by the negative we see.

      When God looks at us He only sees the positive,
      … the value and potential in us,
      not judging our faults or weaknesses
      … but highlighting our strengths, potential and value!

Start looking past what is wrong,
… past what you see on the outside,
… by looking for the pure that is on the inside.
As you start highlighting that hidden value,
… not only will it cover, but even dispel what is wrong,
by building on and developing what is good, what is pure!

      And above all things have fervent love for one another,
      for ‘love will cover a multitude of sins.’
      1 Peter 4 8

 

Expect the impossible

                                                    … to actually happen!

When we think of God and what He can do,
… we expect the impossible to be possible!
Yet, when we go to God,
… we go to Him with our wants,
… with what we can visualize or see Him do.
So where then is His impossible,
… that impossible that we talk about,
when in fact we limit Him to what we can see or believe?
STOP.
God cannot truly be GOD in your life
… unless you let HIM be GOD in your life!

      When God looks at our lives
      … and at our circumstances or needs,
      He doesn’t see what we see,
      He sees what He has planned and purposed,
      … what He can do and what He has promised.

Therefore…
if you want to have and live what God promised in His Word,
… you need to start seeing things the way He sees them.
God’s promises are not just words in a book,
… but are His express will for your life!

When you start taking God at His Word,
… believing what He says,
… seeing what He sees, the way He does things,
that is when faith becomes real.

      And my God shall supply all your need
      according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
      Phil 4 19

 

A gift…

                                                    … is a gift!

A gift is exactly that – A GIFT,
… not something you deserve or can make happen,
but often comes with potential or presents an opportunity.
However,
… unless a gift is received,
… unless a gift is used,
it will simply end up being useless!

      The secret of a gift lies in this that
      … YOU are not responsible for it
      … YOU don’t have to make it work!
      BUT
      … YOU have to receive it,
      … YOU have to use it in your life!

And God’s gifts to us are no different…

      Like any other gift …
      you must receive and open His gifts,
      … the gifts that God has prepared for you,
      … and that Jesus gave His life so that you may have.

Sure you can’t make God’s gifts work
but God wants to make it work in your life.
All you need do is to say ‘Thank You’,
… and receive what has been prepared for you!

      The gift of Life.
      The gift of Righteousness.

      I have come that they may have life,
      and that they may have it more abundantly.
      John 10 10

They are yours … take them.
 

The Works

                                                    … of faith!

What did James mean when he said…

      Thus also faith by itself,
      if it does not have works, is dead.
      James 2 17

Evidently, what we do and why we do it
… does have spiritual and physical importance!

The things we do in the natural,
… in our own strength,
are works that are subject to physical laws,
… the result of which is governed by natural laws.

      knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law
      but by faith in Jesus Christ …
      for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
      Gal 2 16

This clearly tells us that what we do in our own strength,
… does NOT activate spiritual laws.
So how do spiritual laws get activated and work?

      Spiritual laws are based on what God has done,
      and are activated by standing on and responding to,
      … what God has prepared,
      … what Jesus has done,
      … what the Holy Spirit makes happen!

Yes there are physical actions and manifestations,
… in response to our faith, to what we believe.
BUT
… they are all based or founded on spiritual laws
and not our actions in trying to get God to do something
THAT IS ALREADY DONE!
 

Knowledge

                                                 … puffs up!

Knowledge has great potential.

      We know that we all have knowledge.
      Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.
      1Cor 8 1

Yes knowledge does have potential,
however too often that knowledge is limited,
… to what we have seen, read or heard,
which on its own so easily leads to judgment!

      And if anyone thinks that he knows anything,
      he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.
      1Cor 8 2

It’s therefore about how accurate or complete your knowledge is
… and how you use or apply that knowledge.

      In other words,
      the proper or correct use of knowledge
      … does not only provide good and practical answers,
      but also builds lives and impacts people.

And you do that by loving instead of judging!

      Love edifies.
      If you reach out to others,
      … and use your knowledge to their benefit,
      not only will others be blessed,
      … but you will have developed your own self,
      and have planted seed,
      … seed that will bring you a harvest.

      But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.
      1Cor 8 3

 

The Source

                                                    … of life!

One of the most powerful statements in the Bible is …

      I have come that they may have life,
      and that they may have it more abundantly.
      John 10 10

The question is
… how do we get, and how do we live, that life?

      And Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life.
      He who comes to Me shall never hunger,

      and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
      John 6 35

Jesus was obviously not talking about physical life
but spiritual life – in Him,
that, if we receive that from Him,
our lives are totally changed!

      Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
      old things have passed away;
      behold, all things have become new.
      2 Cor 5 17-18

And it is as we receive what Jesus has prepared,
as we partake of that life in Him,
… and live our lives through Him,
that we step into that life more abundant.

      If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,
      you will ask what you desire,
      and it shall be done for you.
      John 15 7

Step into the source,
… the source of life that is in Him!
 

Acknowledge Him

                                          in all your ways!

      In all your ways acknowledge Him,
      and He shall direct your paths.
      Do not be wise in your own eyes;
      Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
      It will be health to your flesh,
      and strength to your bones.
      Prov 3 6-8

What a wonderful promise.
How will it happen?
Often when you start believing and trusting God
… for your health, wisdom, opportunities or prosperity,
… that’s when everything seems to go wrong.
Your mind gets bombarded with divisive and negative thoughts,
… and even negative people trying to influence you.

So what do you do?
How do you acknowledge God in all your ways?
By doing what the Bible tells us to do,

      casting down arguments and every high thing
      that exalts itself against the knowledge of God,
      bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
      2Cor 10 5

You stand against those thoughts,
… by countering them with what God’s Word says.
That is how you acknowledge God,
… and allow Him to direct your path through His Word,
That is not being wise in your own eyes,
… when you follow His instructions and do things His way!

And …
      It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.
      Prov 3 8

 

Problems

                                                … in Life?

Things do go wrong in life,
… but with every problem or challenge
God gives us a way out,
when we ask!

      ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you,
      and show you great and mighty things,
      which you do not know.’
      Jer 33 3

But, if we do not act on God’s instruction,
… or take the opportunity He gives us,
do not expect things to change
… or to have the victory over that problem!

      Yes God will answer,
      … but are you listening,
      … are you even expecting an answer?

      Yes God will show you the solution,
      … but are you expecting His input
      and are you ready to act upon His instruction?

      If not, you will simply remain where you are,
      … not knowing what to do,
      and not having the victory God has for you!

So … got a problem?
… ASK … LISTEN … ACT!

      So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
      It shall not return to Me void,
      But it shall accomplish what I please,
      And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
      Isa 55 11